30 days of Giving Thanks-Part III

I can’t believe we are winding down on these 30 days of giving thanks. I did notice a few Facebook friends keeping up with me and doing their own month of thankfulness on their own blogs and timelines which is awesome! I see you guys 🙂

So this week I finally got to read some of the ezines I’m subscribed to and headed on over to the blog of a NPO  (nonprofit organization)  that will always have a special place in my heart, The Starting Point. When I was working in the field of addictions we would have continuing education workshops and the founder, Vince, was a guest speaker I could not forget. I came to see this NPO as a resource for various reasons in time and still stop by every now and then for their free lecture series. But, when I can’t make it out, I love to read their thoughts of the month, and wanted to share a piece with you all. This month their theme was Gratitude and Service

They share that, “Gratitude is the process by which we slowly discover our gifts and continue each day to celebrate the wonder of life. If we truly live the spirit of gratitude and continue growing, we are then ready for the spirit of service.” The talked about 3 types of gifts to be thankful for and I was especially mindful of the 3rd one throughout this week which said to, “be open to the journey and the gift of humility. Each experience in life is a teachable moment. Are we open to the lessons? Remember nothing happens by accident. We are all part of the universe’s plan. Let’s pray that we will always have an open mind and know that we are all in the process of life’s adventure.”

Power stuff to remember this holiday season!  I too hope and pray that we indeed will have an open mind as well as a giving spirit.

As far as pics go…I’ll sum this week with a lesson I was constantly reminded of by people who believe in me to whom I’m thankful for…

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30 days of Giving Thanks-Part II

You know, this past week has been an adventure and as I reflect on everything that took place over the week I couldn’t help but to go back down memory lane and feel truly blessed and thankful for all the relationships I’ve developed ever since I’ve started this entrepreneurial journey. These relationships have encouraged and empowered this introverted networker to come out of her shell. I think people even wondered if I was really an introvert, Ha!  Although I don’t run out of events wondering why the paramedics aren’t already waiting for me from my fit of anxiety attacks… I still have to give myself a pep talk before I head out, disappear into my own little corner for some space and “me” time, and the real driver, remember my why when it comes to offline networking.

Remembering your “Why” can come naturally in time of reflection but when your knee deep in situations I think it’s good to have triggers. For me, it usually comes in some form of the Arts and in this case it was music.

There was a song playing in my head on repeat as I headed to and from the awesome Get Out There Live conference with the amazing Christine Gallagher. I was humbled to have met some amazing women and men business leaders and get my hands on some great time-tested marketing strategies. As I thought about how far I’ve come while trying to not feel overwhelmed by where I knew I had to head, the song Alabaster Box by Cece Winans played, and the word Purpose entered my heart and pulsated throughout my body.

When I think about my life and the mercy and favor given to me, despite myself…I am so very, very thankful.

Thankfulness Tip of the week: Find A Song that reminds you of the grace over your life. Put that song in your pocket and save it for a rainy day 😉

Alrighty!  Here’s a picture snapshot of what I’ve been thankful for this past week, (I aplogize didn’t take as many pics as I wanted).

Get Out There Live event

Get Out There Live event

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Business lessons

Business lessons

 

 

I love food

I love food

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30 days of Giving Thanks-Part I

So, as I wrote last week; I’ll be centering this month around a series of blog posts focused on giving thanks and expressing gratitude.

As I began to do a little research on thankfulness and gratitude I figured I might as well share some of what I learn.

Here Are 5 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude:

  1. Invite a old friend or co-worker who helped you out in the past for a cup of coffee or to a networking event.
  2. If you know your friend is having a tough time stop by and be an engaged listener. Sometimes people just need to vent.
  3. Cook (or purchase) a meal so a loved one doesn’t have to after a long day at work.
  4. Pick up some groceries for an elderly relative or take them shopping when you head out for your own household.
  5. Return a favor. If your neighbor always rakes your leaves, beat him/her to it next time.

Alrighty then hope you found that helpful! So here’s a picture snapshot of what I’ve been thankful for these past 10 days

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dinner with my hun

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being close to the city is nice

lunch meeting with fellow entrepreneur

lunch meeting with fellow entrepreneur

Keeping records of life to pass on the knowledge

Keeping records of life to pass on the knowledge

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Invited to a business launch party

Spending time with loved ones

Spending time with loved ones

 

My Godson always cheers me up

My Godson always cheers me up

My Elder checking to make sure I'm well

My Elder checking to make sure I’m well

It’s Not too late feel free to join me in this month of giving thanks!

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The Month of Giving Thanks

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If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably saw this post coming 😉

This month I decided that no matter what was going on in my life, I wanted to pause for a second, contemplate the heavens, and give thanks. While November is the month some celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, being thankful is not just part of a holiday, it’s good for your mental health too! What better time than now to reflect on all the good and amazing miracles that’s happened over the year before we jump into brain dumping, goal setting, and strategic planning for the new year?

So I called my best friend up and asked her to join me in 30 days of Giving Thanks to which she immediately agreed. Everyday, for the month of November, we will update our personal Facebook accounts about 2 things (or people) we are thankful or grateful for. I’ve set my statuses to public so you can follow my posts even if we aren’t Facebook friends.

If you wish to participate with us via Facebook here’s how to join along: everyday post your list of thanksgiving or gratitude, tag a friend or two for accountability purposes and to encourage each other to find something to be thankful for regardless of how our day went.

If you’d rather not participate via Facebook in this month long endeavor, here is a quick list of ways you can get in the habit of practicing gratitude and giving thanks on a daily basis: (via Psychology Today)

1. Keep a gratitude journal – document daily what you feel grateful about.

2. Get a gratitude buddy and talk about what you are grateful for with your buddy. Your buddy can help you make sure you acknowledge where your joy comes from (the difference between bragging and feeling grateful).

3. Pay a gratitude visit to someone who has helped you in the past or write them a letter.

4. Pause mindfully during the day to when something happens that you feel grateful about; make a mental note.

5. Watch your language even when talking to yourself – be mindful of when you are focusing on the negative.

6. Savor the good times with family and friends. Photos, drawings, written accounts and verbally acknowledging and appreciating people and events keeps you focused on the things you feel grateful for.

*Bonus* You could do a blog series about your month of thanksgiving! This brings me to my next announcement, (again, probably won’t surprise you)… This month the theme on the blog will be about giving thanks and gratitude. I’m going to try to capture pictures that summarize what I’m posting about daily over on the Facebook so you’ll get a weekly snapshot here on Reflections.

So Feel free to join me in this month of giving thanks!

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Back Down Memory Lane

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I saw a couple of #ThrowbackThursday photos floating around this past week and decided to dig out my own old photo album books that I finally (finally) got out of storage. Looking at those old photos took me on a trip back down memory lane…*cues the song

As I checked out the photos I expected a flood of emotions to hit me, I should’ve been sad at precious friendships lost and gone astray, or perhaps I should’ve burst into laughter or maybe I should’ve reminisced on the “good ole days” like my family tends to do around the holidays. I didn’t really feel a flood come through…instead I wondered why it took me so long to realize that the girl in those pictures was only a sliver of the essence I’d eventually accept as being the true me. You see, I was always running, trying to get to the next moment, trying to taste the fruit of “success” planted in my mind from God knows where, running so hard from myself that reflecting back while looking at those old photos I briefly wondered if I was ever fully present in the reality of my experiences.

Then, after laughing at a photo where I was wearing a long chain with a dragon pendant around my neck which symbolized the days when I was a huge Dru Hill fan…I decided it didn’t matter. Whether I was fully present to life then or not, I still managed to bring some great memories along for the ride. Those memories were just enough to trigger a desire for change, because if I thought they were too faded then I could create the kind that felt more colorful. Now, I’m taking in the ups and the downs of the journey, walking towards my destination, stopping on the road to laugh and have exchanges with other travelers and this time keeping records and drawing maps perhaps I’ll learn more interesting lessons, maybe even teach a few things to others so they don’t hit the same dead ends I did! Life is far too short to have regrets, especially about matters you can’t go back and fix if indeed it ever needed a fixing. And life is also far too precious to continue doing the same ole same ole that will cause you to feel regret.

Now, when I take pictures, or journal, or create vision boards and then later decide to go back down memory lane, I think I’ll smile. I’ll be reminded of hope and determination, of having fun and being authentic, of loving life and being in the moment; I’ll know that somewhere along my journey purpose whispered in my ears.  It called me to live with it, to walk in it, to speak with it, to discover where it would lead, and even to encourage others to believe they have one too and that theirs is just as important as mines… and looking back, I’ll smile because I’d know that I decided to listen.

Do you ever pull out old photos and take that trip down memory lane? What kind of emotions do you experience when reflecting on the past?

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